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The Emerald City of Oz (Oz #6)

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Dorothy and her friends take Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on a magical tour of Oz.
Paperback, 56 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Mundus (first published 1910)
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I liked The Emerald City of Oz a bit better than the last two. There was still an element of characters taking a trip just so Mr. Baum can show off all the other ideas he has for interesting creatures (Look! These ones are living jigsaw puzzles! And over here we have animated flatware! And these people can't stop talking!) but on the whole there was more plot than we've seen for a few books.

First of all, there was some actual evil in the form of the Nome King and his General Guph. And there was
Feb 08, 2012 Shoshana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fun!
Even though this book is mainly just Dorothy and friends wandering around Oz while the Nome King builds an army and a tunnel and no one does anything about it, I actually really like it a lot. I enjoy discovering the Flutterbudgets and Utensils and Bunburyans and Bunnyburyans and especially the Fuddles and Cuttenclips, not to mention the Whimsies. Oh, the Whimsies. They "had large, strong bodies, but heads so small that they were no bigger than door-knobs. Of course, such tiny heads could not co ...more
Michael Alexander
Wow! Baum totally woke himself up out of the daze he'd been in for a couple of books and comes up with an awesome set of villains, some real sense of _stakes_ (not since "Ozma" had he really gone for that), this great country mouse/city mouse stuff with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry IN OZ, and even a cool quasi-ending to the series...though of course we know that wouldn't last.
Christine Blachford
I thought this was a really good Oz story, a little bit darker than previous affairs, but well balanced and well written. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of Dorothy and her friends travelling to different lands alongside the Nome soldier doing the same, except his purpose was to recruit an army to invade Oz.

I also thought it was about time Dorothy's aunt and uncle arrived in Oz, because through all their previous struggles it didn't make sense that they had so little while Oz had so much. It was fas
Dustin Reade
This is the first Oz book I have read, and I liked it. A lot. Actually, I would almost say I loved it. Sure, there were quite a few parts that dragged on a bit, and it was obvious Old L. Baum was making up most of it as he went along, but that didn't really bother me. After all, it is young adult fantasy written for children who are all over the age of one-hundred by now.
The ending though, was too much. Too quick. There was absolutely no foreshadowing at all. Solutions to problems were proposed
This was a sweet one and meant to be the end of the Oz Saga, I am sure Baum was ready to move on to the next phase of his career and wrapped up the story of Dorothy with a neat bow. I rated it high mainly for a couple of chapters which were by far the funniest in the series thus far due to the amazing use of puns. I split my sides laughing which I had not done in any of the previous 5. I think I will take a break from the series now.
Lori Anderson
My son is six and we've been reading all the Oz books. They've done wonders for his reading comprehension and for his ability to just sit still and let me read three chapters at a time and have him actually understand and remember night to night what happened!

This book is where L. Frank Baum finally seems to get tired of writing about Oz and Dorothy and tidies everything up and says goodbye. Yet there are more books. We haven't picked up the next one yet (but will tonight) so I'm not sure what t
A pretty disjointed book--it's sixth in the series, and Baum is clearly getting pretty tired of writing whimsical things, but hasn't yet resigned himself to it as in the later books. In fact, this one ends with Baum announcing there will be no more Oz books...a promise that probably lasted all of months, as Oz readers were quite demanding.

This book has some fascinating subtexts about alliances between untrustworthy people, as a variety of horrible nations set up a complicated set of alliances to
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AKA How Baum finally wrapped up the tale of Dorothy and her family.

this is the last book of Dorothy's adventures in OZ. The remaining books are apparently going to all be from the historical records of the land.

in this story, Dorothy brings her aunt and uncle to come live in OZ. most of the story is Dorothy and her friends showing her aunt and uncle around the land and introducing them to all the bizarre inhabitants. Cuttenclips, Bunbury, Utensia, Flutterbudgets....

this book contained my limit
Julia Brumfield
So far out of my undertaking of the Oz series this was one that I was interested in seeing how the story turns out as it was the original ending for Baum. This was definitely somewhat better than a few of the other pre-dominate Oz books while having an actual plot but again like all the other books there is no actual true life ending - just be sweet, good and naturally beautiful to beat any of your enemies.

There were a few other fairy-worlds that were included in Oz that no one would have ima
This one is better than the previous two books, mainly because it actually has a plot. But the plot -- the Nome King plans to conquer Oz by digging a tunnel all the way to the Emerald City -- is barely there. There's a bit of a subplot about how Uncle Henry and Aunt Em move to Oz because the bank is going to foreclose on their farm, but they make the move in the first few chapters. After that, most of the book is about Dorothy taking her Aunt and Uncle (and a handful of other previously-introduc ...more
Michael Blackmore
I can't say adding Dorothy's Aunt and Uncle as residents to Oz added anything to the story other than letting Dorothy now stay in Oz. On the plus side we have an actual central conflict where a coalition of villains plan to destroy Oz which adds a sense of tension. However, that is undermined by the heroes not even being aware of it until the end. Only to accept it as hopefully and then have the whole thing solved in the last couple of chapters. It does seem this volume would have been an organi ...more
Another book in which the author is tired of writing a series of books, and tries to write himself into a corner where there is no way to write more books. There's more than 6 oz books though, so obviously he is cajoled into writing more and finding a way to undo his final ending.

Other than that, a typical Oz book. A random journey around visiting strange groups, but not spending enough time with any of them to have a really fleshed out story. The oddity this time is that it's actually two diff
This book was alright. Some parts go off the deep end with eye-rolling puns. I like a good pun now and then, but give me a break. Some of the peoples the character meet seem to be there just so Baum can puntificate on the myriad of puns available in utensia and bunville.
John Gillespie
Dorothy returns to Oz with Toto, Aunt Em, and Uncle Henry in tow after they lose the farm. The story alternates between their travels and the Nome King's plans to tunnel under the desert and destroy Oz with the help of some unreliable allies. Baum alternates between groan-worthy puns and clever satire, both of which are entertaining in different ways, but I think what I appreciate most are his passing observations. For example, "[Dorothy] had accomplished all these wonders not because she was a ...more
Something is made of the fact that in Emerald City for the first time Baum uses dual plots. But the first of the plots--where Dorothy and Aunt Em and the rest tour Oz--really isn't one, and the second goes away through the middle of the book, and gets solved almost trivially at the end of it.

The evil dudes that Guph were well-drawn and convincing; you can't really say that about the nice folks that Dorothy and her crew meet. Bunnybury, in particular, seemed obviously recycled from the Foxville o
Victoria (SevenLeagueBooks)
In the author's note at the beginning, L. Frank Baum thanks his young correspondents for their input into this book, and indeed, the whole story seems designed to provide enjoyment to children. The author seems to have a great deal of fun creating chapter after chapter of puns (especially the court scene in Utensia, and revisiting characters old and new. This was, in all ways, a fairly charming addition to the series. I really liked how at the beginning of the story, the chapters detailing the p ...more
Overall this one is pretty good. This time Aunt Em and Uncle Henry come to Oz and plan on staying there permanently. Of course, they go on tour through the Land of Oz, encountering strange peoples we haven't seen, many of them very amusing. In a parallel narrative the Nome King bands together with a series of memorable villains to try and take back his magic belt and destroy Oz once and for all. He doesn't succeed, but in the end Oz is cut off from the rest of the world, including our own, endin ...more
Patty Presley
In this book, Dorothy learns that the family farm is about to be lost and she and Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are about to become homeless. Dorothy’s aunt and uncle have heard all of the tales from Dorothy’s previous trips to Oz, but they always thought that it was just tales from her imagination.
Upon learning that they are going to be homeless soon, Dorothy signals Ozma and goes back to Oz. She explains the situation that they are in and Dorothy tells her that she is going to take the offer to li
Maki (of To - Ra - Ba)
Finally, an Oz book that addresses the issue of Uncle Henry and Aunt Em!

Of course, with that particular question of mine settled, several more get raised in its place.

Why do Dorothy and Ozma constantly think of the Nome King when the narrator tells us that they had quite forgotten about him? Why doesn't Ozma ever use her magic belt to solve problems before everybody's life gets put in danger? Is Oz on Earth, or in a fairy realm? Or are the fairy realms on Earth? Because if they were, wouldn't AL
I want Ozma to fail. For completely different reasons of course than the Nomes, the Whimsies, the Growleywogs, and the Phanfasms, but the end result is about the same.

The Oz books started to get better with The Emerald City, but my crabby grown-uptitude about continuity and plot and something meaty beneath the flash and sparkle of fairyland gets the better of me each time I read this. Because, of course, even the first Oz book was episodic in nature, every chapter leading to a new land of bizarr
Will Waller
This was according to the author to be the last of the Oz books because after it was told, Glinda cast a spell that put Oz completely off the map and away from any meddling by the “Historian” Baum himself. Funny how two straight years of low sales on other fantasy stories would have Baum reaching across the void and reaching Oz, by a wireless telegraph, with yet another book. A little ca-ching helps us do just about everything, eh Baum?

Well that’s another story, and this review is about the las
Elinor  Loredan
I absolutely love the beginning, with Dorothy, Uncle Henry, and Aunt Em going to OZ and the Nome King's general marching off to find allies to help overcome the Emerald City. The dual plot of sightseeing and war preparations is a nice contrast. From the middle of the story on, though, I start to grow weary of the different creatures Dorothy and co. encounter--the bread folk, the utensils I could easily do without, and I'm not overly fond of the rabbits, either. That being said, each episode has ...more
Continuing in the Oz series (while I wait for Ozma of Oz to become available at the library, I reached The Emerald City of Oz. This is both the most exciting and the most boring book of the series I've read to date. On the one hand, Dorothy, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and Toto move to Oz because their farm is going to be repossessed by the bank, and Ozma sends them on a tour of the different places in Oz, which is kind of predictable. On the other hand, the Nome King decides to enact his revenge on D ...more
J.J. Lair
This time Dorothy is able to bring Uncle Henry and Aunt Em to Oz. They aren't used to a world like Oz and they don't know how to accept such a wonderful place.
King Ev returns and he wants his magic belt back. He's ready to destroy Oz to get it. The generals that don't succeed in this quest are thrown in the garbage. This time it's up to General Guph to take charge and try to enlist allies.
The fun part of the book is when Dorothy takes a trip with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em through Oz. She meets pap
I suspect I am too old to be charmed and/or enchanted by most of the Oz books. They go downhill after the first one. After this one, I am more intrigued by Baum and by the United States of this decade because the description of the Land of Oz in this book makes it sound an awful lot like a really amazing commune - maybe what Marx and Engels were going for. Everyone works for the common good and shares the fruits of their labor - if you are on a journey and need a place to stay, simply stop at a ...more
after struggling through volumes #4 and #5 in the Oz series i did not have much hope for 'the emerald city.' however, i'm five in and it's not like the kids are gonna let me stop reading these. (wake up girls) i figured it to be another mediocre book that would shed little new light on the Oz World. i read and plowed through it, still clinging to the notion that there's something redeeming in the book and/or in children's literature as a whole. anything within the Oz universe that the girls woul ...more

When Dorothy has visited the land of Oz, she has come home and told Uncle Henry and Aunt Em about her adventures, but needless to say they have been doubtful. Unfortunately Uncle Henry has fallen on hard times and is about ready to lose his farm so they finally break the news to Dorothy. She gets the idea that perhaps it is finally time for them to live in Oz, something she has always wanted to do, but always came home because she knew Uncle Henry and Aunt Em would miss her too much if she n
Ah yes, the Nome King gets angry and tries to invade OZ (with three of his most dangerous buddies), but all is saved by dues ex machina. This is the closest OZ ever came to any real danger and also one of the better plotlines Baum ever had. Interspersed with that plot is the one where Dorothy and her Aunt and Uncle, having moved permanently to OZ, travel around OZ exploring all the wonders of that fairyland. I think the wonders of OZ are nicely played against the dangerous background. The altern ...more
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Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works (55 novels in total, 82 short stor ...more
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